Missing Elf | Rinkuškiai

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Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by yemenmocha on 12-21-2009

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Photo of LairdChisholm
2.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear golden orange color. A slight white head fizzles up and dissipates within seconds. No lacing left here and has a few, very small carbonation bubbles.

S - Smells of sweet grains with alcohol with a touch of melon.

T - Very sweet. Grains of corn and wheat mixed with warming alcohol. There are some slight fruity notes. The end is a bitter sort of chalky kind of taste. Eh.

M - I find with sub-par beers such as this one, the mouthfeel usually gives them their only good qualities. Good amount of carbonation and goes down smooth.

D - Not a good taste, higher ABV, I might not finish this.

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Photo of dvb
1.4/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Looks like an imperial pilsner. Darkish yellow with no head worth speaking of.

S - Alcohol. This stuff is ready to kill some bacteria.

T - Tastes like Cepacol mouthwash.

M - What to say here? It's boozy, it's yellow and it smells and tastes like mouthwash.

D - Not very. If you are expecting a quality doppelbock full of malty character, you've come to the wrong place.

Conclusion: Call off the search for this particular elf. Burn the missing person's report and file the death certificate, post haste.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sunny haystack gold with lemonade colored trim. This has to be the lightest doppelbock in the history of doppelbocks. The crown is several fingers of yellowed ivory foam that looks decent enough. More lace would be nice, but it wouldn't have resulted in a higher score.

The nose is exactly as expected for a primarily malty beer that is yellow in color. In other words, there isn't much to go on. A hint of musty Euro hoppiness is about it. Almost no alcohol and no overt nastiness are surprising.

Missing Elf tastes like every other Euro strong lager that has ever come down the pike. Who knows what the brewers were thinking when they called this beer a Double Bock. Then again, they probably don't subscribe to Beer Advocate style nomenclature.

Flavors include barley soaked in grain alcohol and bitter grasses. That's pretty much it. This big lager is close to hot and harsh, but tails off just enough on the finish to avoid offending (if you have a forgiving palate and a strong stomach). Time will probably take the edge off the bitterness and might soften the solvent-like alcohol as well.

The mouthfeel is firm (thanks to alpha acids and ethanol), but manages to avoid being ragged or loose. Proper carbonation is the reason why, though it can only do so much.

It's a shame that a picture isn't present as of this review. The label shows Santa nailing a 'Missing Elf' poster on a tree, while the elf in question is wedged between his butt cheeks. Too bad the beer isn't even one-tenth as imaginative.

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Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Eastern Europe tasting at the Tops Tasting Room in Tempe. Light in taste, big in booze. Above average mouthfeel, but offset by the booziness. Other taste, some malting. Mix between a malt liquor and a dopplebock.Nothing I would recommend or try again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this interesting looking guy on the shelf at Julios. A 9.5% doppelbock from Lithuania, how can you go wrong... Poured into my La Chouffe tulip since the missing elf on the label reminded me of the Chouffe gnome.

A: Wow, brilliantly crystal clear so much so I can easily watch the game through it, except upside down. It's a golden honey color with little bubbles floating up. A light creamy head forms at first, then fades to small clumps of bubbles around.

N: Starts with a light crisp lager like nose, with hints of honey and sweet malts. Digger deeper reveals the slightest hints of European malts, touches of alcohol sweetness, almost Belgian candi sugar, and quite a bit like a Belgian tripel.

T: Starts pretty sweet, as one would expect. More European/Belgian like malt. Some bitterness starts to come through a bit and it starts to dry off very fast long before the sip is even finished. Some honey flavors come out, and fermented honey dryness. Some interesting earthy flavors come out as well that I can't really say where they are from, perhaps the yeast, and adds almost the faintest hint of metal. It hides the alcohol pretty well with the initial sweetness, and I only get the slightest alcohol warmth.

M: Medium body with lower carbonation.

F: Very dry but still slightly sticky. It leaves your mouth fresh feeling like mouthwash even though there was no initial alcohol burn your mouth feels it after, with a touch of stickiness. It also has that earthy bitterness lingering a bit as well. The honey flavor seems to linger as well for a while and presents that dry feel and even dry flavor. It's also pretty dangerous as halfway through the beer I can already feel it getting on top of me being 9.5% and doesn't feel like it at all.

Not bad for I think my first beer from Lithuania. They did a pretty good version of a doppelbock, a little too much honey, and not enough carbonation, but otherwise pretty drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that that vanishes without a trace of lace. Crystal clear almost light amber color, unusual for a DB. Malt/nut nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet nutty malt. High ABV is hidden. Better as it warms. Cool label. $3.20 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.7/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New doppelbock arrival here in the U.S, half litre bottle.

It pours a rather pale gold in color with thin white head that dissipates to nothing rather quickly.

Nose is on the lighter side with some cereal grain and honey. On the palate the malt sweetness comes through nicely, perhaps with some light honey sweetness, and finishes with a kiss of alcohol warmth. More like a single bock than double in both flavor and appearance.

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